Dine on authentic Italian cuisine within a cosy three-storey shophouse decorated in simple whites and browns. This string of Italian restaurants now ... More
Da Paolo Il Ristorante
Dine on authentic Italian cuisine within a cosy three-storey shophouse decorated in simple whites and browns. This string of Italian restaurants now operates with local chefs under the strict direction of Paolo Scarpa. The outstanding dishes to try are the home-made pastas--fettuccine, ravioli, tagliatelle, taglioni--with your choice of ingredients and sauces. The set lunches and daily specials are also popular and fast movers. The wine list includes mainly Italian and some New Zealand, Australian, South African and Chilean labels. Additional Branches: Jalan Merah Saga; Neil Road.
As a foreigner, I arrived to the restaurant feeling like I was somewhere in a chic alley of Italy. During a humid summer, that is! The restaurant is designed to be very cozy, a petite place with white table linens and proper fine dining setting. Excellent for a first date, but not so for business meetings or hanging out with friends, as the ambiance is very quite n romantic. The waiters served us well with the classic service, despite the minimum smiles. Since they aren't so nosy to always check out your table, you can have a great private conversation with your object of affection sitting opposite to you.
As a foie gras maniac, I ordered the duck liver entree and duck liver pasta as the main. They come in generous sizes, quite delicious but incomparable with the goose liver foie gras. I think they're not a top grade foie gras as they're a bit dry and not as fatty. The pasta was a bit undercooked and wasn't al dente enough to my liking. However, the food is still quite yummy for such price and generous size. The dessert was only OK, luckily we shared it! When the bill came, I was quite surprised (in a good way) as it only came down to $198. Mind you, me and my bf ordered 3 courses of food each (3 of them were foie gras dishes), 4 glasses of wines, and a bottle of perrier water. So it was definitely very very well priced! I'd still prefer Poppy at FortCanning Park, but it is still a top rated Italian place for such price.
I'm glad I got to eat after a day's work... We walked in at 10pm. The waiter was realli patient with us - we left at midnight... what else can I say. Excellent squid ink pasta. Even comes with a black napkin. Nice selection of italian wine.
Located along the rather chic Club St frequented by expatriates and youngsters. The 3 storey restored shophouse is small with tasteful interior design, though the 2nd floor was dark with too many mirrors probably to make the space look bigger. Music played was too modern and did not match the food. The service was attentive when we were the only customers but deteriorated to naught when the tables were filled. The food presentation was unexpected for such a chic restaurant. Do not expect your usual Italian artistic presentations, food was served as if you were eating by the Italian country-side. We had the succulent scallops with flavorful mushrooms and the tasty veal slices for appetizers. We tried the home-made pasta which wasn't fantastic as I imagined myself buying prego and spaghetti from the supermarket and cooking it myself. The grilled veal for the main course was average and tasted like pizza as it was layered and had cheese on top. We tried the red snapper which I think only fish-lovers should attempt as I couldn't take the fishy taste albeit thick sauce. If anything, you should come for the tiramisu which was perfect. Beware non-alcoholics as there was much alcohol drenched on the cake. At present, they still can't match my favorites - Saint Pierre and Michaelangelo's. Maybe because I wasn't expecting country fare from an expensive place (S$200 bill) but they can improve on giving a more attentive & personalized service, and have more interesting food presentations
if any of you have not tried the duck liver pasta at the Chip Bee Garden Branch, go now. It is the best for all those foie gras fans out there. Alternatively, the squid ink (Al nero) is worth a try too, if you dont mind getting ur mouth stained with squid ink.
The downside is that it is almost always full so BOOK in advance.
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